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190. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Justice if she will address a series of matters in relation to a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51369/21]

Answer

Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I can assure the Deputy that I fully appreciate that this has been a difficult and long wait for the family of Patrick Nugent. I also appreciate their desire to understand the circumstances which led to his death. The Deputy will be aware that an inquiry under section 42 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 was conducted by former Judge Patrick Clyne into the Garda Síochána investigation relating to the death of Mr Nugent in 1984.
The Judge completed his inquiry on 31 October 2020 and my Department received his report on 3 November 2020. The advice of the Attorney General was sought on the matter of publication.
On 8 October 2021 my officials met with the family to discuss the implications of that legal advice. On 14 October 2021, the solicitor for the family was provided with a redacted copy of the report on the basis of the advice of the Attorney General.